Washington County Manufacturer's Association

Enhancing the industrial climate of Washington County, Pennsylvania and its adjoining areas and advancing the professional knowledge of our members.

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WCMA October Virtual Tour

Join us for our first-ever virtual tour of Schroeder Industries on Thursday, October 15, 2020. As with our previous virtual meeting, we hope to provide you with an educational lunch break at noon!

As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Schroeder Industries in Leetsdale has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing a complete range of Advanced Fluid Conditioning Solutions® for over 73 years.

Schroeder was one of the first to identify the need for fine micronic filtration in hydraulic systems and was a pioneer in the development of many filtration concepts and products. Before the idea of fine micronic filtration was even mentioned in many engineering textbooks, Schroeder had set performance standards for this kind of contamination control in many markets such as mining, mobile equipment, and automotive manufacturing. In fact, the HF4 automotive standard was written with the Schroeder K-Size element in mind.

For more than half a century, Schroeder Industries’ innovative efforts to develop value-engineered products have been recognized with over 33 patent awards. Schroeder remains at the forefront in the fields of fluid conditioning, diagnostics, and specialized energy products.

Schroeder Industries’ corporate headquarters is located in Leetsdale, PA, with manufacturing facilities at the Leetsdale location, as well as in Cumberland, MD.
Grab yourself a bite to eat and join us for this informative meeting on Thursday, October 15 from 12:00-1:00. this meeting will take place via Zoom, which you can use on your PC, tablet or phone! RSVP below and we will send you the link to join the meeting! This meeting will be via Zoom Webinars, which means that you will be able to see the tour, but not the cameras of everyone else attending. you will be able to type in questions using the Q&A button.

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom.

Register Here

WCMA September Meeting

Join us for our next virtual WCMA meeting on Thursday September 10, 2020. As with our previous virtual meeting, we hope to provide you with an educaitonal lunch break at noon!

Cost Reduction for Manufacturing Companies 

In this webinar,  Marc Schwalb of Schooley Mitchell will discuss why expense management is critical to the bottom line. The different processes for expense management will be reviewed, including discussion as to what the pros and cons are of each approach. We’ll take a look at the barriers to the adoption of expense reduction initiatives. Finally, you’ll get to see actual case study results of manufacturing companies helped in the Western Pennsylvania area. With the information learned in this webinar, you should develop a better understanding of ways to approach expense management for your company.
 
About the Presenter 
Marc Schwalb is a Strategic-Partner with Schooley Mitchell. He opened his Pittsburgh based office 4 ½ years ago, specializing in cost reduction for businesses with an emphasis on waste expense management, telecom, credit card processing, and small package shipping amongst other categories. To date, he has helped over 100 companies – located mostly in Western Pennsylvania but also spanning 16 states – collectively saving these businesses over $1 million. Specializing in manufacturing expense reduction, Marc is well versed in the industry’s specific needs and has used that knowledge to execute on those opportunities for savings. He has been a member of the Washington County Manufacturer’s Association for the past 3 ½ years.  He has published in the National Tooling and Machining Association newsletter. He also has a partnership with Catalyst Connection whereby he gives back to help training and educational programs for the local manufacturing community.  Prior to joining Schooley Mitchell as an expense reduction consultant, Marc worked in education, serving as a Regional Vice President where he managed a staff of 300 employees and was responsible for business decisions related to finance, operations, and training and development. He has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Drexel University.

Grab yourself a bite to eat and join us for this informative meeting on Thursday September 10 from 12:00-1:00. this meeting will take place via Zoom, which you can use on your PC, tablet or phone! RSVP below and we will send you the link to join the meeting!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Online via Zoom.

RSVP Here

July Virtual Meeting

We are very excited to invite you to our first ever virtual WCMA meeting! With the world turned upside-down, not only are we having a meeting in July, but we are having it the LAST Thursday in July! We missed you all so much since March that we thought it would be great to get together.

Technology challenges in manufacturing are constantly moving targets. The challenges we encountered in 2020 certainly did not make solving them easier. Please join Seth Fosmire from Ceeva and Adam Zaccari from SecureSky as they share technology tips that are pertinent to the Manufacturing industry right now. Over the course of 45 minutes, they’ll share 14 rapid-fire, relevant tech tips.

Topics include:

  • How automation can cut costs
  • Compliance related to Department of Defense contracts
  • Artificial intelligence (improve customer experience and streamline business processes)
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Utilize the cloud
  • IoT (Internet of Things)

Grab yourself a bite to eat and join us for WCMA Lunchtime Tech Tips on 7/30/2020 from 12:00-1:00. You don’t need Microsoft Teams to attend. RSVP below and we will send you the link to join the meeting!

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams.

RSVP Here

Good News and Bad News About Golf

Due to uncertainty about what guidelines and rules will look like for golf outings in September, we have decided to cancel the WCMA Annual Golf Outing for 2020. While we are disappointed to not have this long-standing tradition to look forward to, we feel that it is important to maintain the quality of this event. We also do not want to put undue pressure on our generous sponsors at this already stressful time. We are already looking to secure dates for 2021 and looking forward to restriction-free times once again!

We do have some great news for all of you golfers, though. Nemacolin is offering the chance to let all of you enjoy a round of golf, while still contributing to the WCMA Scholarship fund! You can purchase a round of golf at Nemacolin for $100 per golfer through WCMA, redeemable anytime in 2020 (based on tee time availability).

Simply fill out this form to reserve your ticket, send in a check and we will email your ticket to you!

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WCMA May Meeting

Due to the COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions, will not be meeting in May. We will keep you posted about future meetings as circumstances develop.

 

Everyone stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon!

PIDA CWCA Loan Program

We’ve just been made aware of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program. 

Small businesses (retail and service enterprise) with 100 or fewer full time employees may be eligible to receive an interest-free loan up to $100K. The loans provide critical working capital financing to small businesses located

within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please see the information below for details of the CWCA program:

 

 

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) board has approved guidelines for a new emergency response program, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program. This will be administered through PIDA, which requires ALL PIDA loan applications to be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO).

Here are links to the  Program Guidelines and Loan Application. The CWCA Program is available to small businesses that employ 100 or fewer full-time employees worldwide, including businesses in the agricultural, service and hospitality sectors. In addition to the Loan Application documents, we will also need:

  • Individual Credit Reports. For any individual with 20% or more ownership in the operating entity (EGC can pull these if needed, $50 fee associated)
  • 1 Year Tax Returns. Most recent year end accountant prepared financial statement or most recent filed tax returns.
  • All Invoices AND Signed General Ledger Details. There is currently questions as to what will be acceptable. Have both ready to send to ensure we have all necessary information.
  • Associated Fees. There will be an $84 UCC filing fee, attorney fees (if applicable) and other associated fees (if applicable)

The maximum loan amount is $100,000 for working capital with a 0% interest rate, subject to the statutory requirement for the agriculture sector, and a term of three years. The loans are used to reimburse your business for working capital expenses incurred within the past 3 months (50% of expenses for retail/service sector businesses for the prior six months up to a maximum of $100,000).

Applications submitted must be COMPLETE. Anything less than 100% completion will greatly slow down processing and may negatively impact your ability to access funding. These loans are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A link to the PIDA website for the CWCA Program

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Manufacturing

Our very own Larry Butka was interviewed for this article about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on local manufacturing.

Area manufacturers ‘producing, delivering, shipping’ – but watching supply chain

Manufacturing is one of the major industries in the state that hasn’t been mandated to shut down because of coronavirus public health concerns.

Cambria County manufacturing companies said business is consistent, but they will have an eye on the pandemic’s impact on supply chain conditions for months ahead.

Cambria’s manufacturing industry employs more than 4,100 people and makes up more than 8% of employment countywide, according to January 2020 statistics from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

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WCMA Apil Meeting

Due to COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions, we will not be meeting in April. We will keep everyone updated on future meetings as things progress. Everyone, please stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon!

WCMA March Meeting

The next Thursday, March 12, 2020. Please note the date change to the second Thursday in March. We will be touring AUMA Actuators, 100 Southpionte Blvd., Canonsburg, PA 15317, followed by dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA.

AUMA has been manufacturing valve actuators for over 50 years and is a major supplier of electric actuators and manual operations to industry. AUMA electric actuators are capable of operating all types of quarter-turn, multi-turn and linear valves. AUMA actuators are also widely used to operate industrial dampers.

AUMA Actuators, INc. is responsible for manufacturing, sales and service of the AUMA products throughout North America. AUMA Actuators, Inc. is headquarted in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania with satellite offices and service center in Houston, Texas. AUMA’s Quality System is in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. A complete network of sales and service support is available throughout North America Via direct sales or through independent representatives.

The cost for the dinner is $25.00 per person and may be paid in advance with a check to the association, PO BOX BE, Washington, PA 15301, or you may pay at the desk the evening of the meeting. Please note, because we guarantee the number of meals, if you make reservations, but cannot attend, your company will be charged for the dinner if you do not cancel in advance. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Please make reservations for this month’s meeting by calling Janet Preteroti at 412-269-3040. Please spell your name and company and the name and company of any guests if leaving a voice message. You can also register online here.

MEETING DATE: Thursday, March 12, 2020–Please note date change.
WHERE: AUMA Actuators, 100 Southpointe Blvd., Canonsburg, PA 15317
TIME:
5:30PM Tour at AUMA Actuators
6:45 PM Social Hour and Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe, Canonsburg

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